"My name is Johanna Faustus. I was born almost four hundred years ago."

Headlong Theatre

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From award-winning playwright and theatre maker Chris Bush (Standing at the Sky's Edge), Caroline Byrne (Spring Awakening, Young Vic) directs this radical new work reimagining the Faust myth to explore what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness, and the legacy that we leave behind.

Drawing on the works of Marlowe, Goethe, and other versions of the Faustus myth, Chris’s urgent reimagining asks what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness and the legacy that we leave behind.

“My name is Johanna Faustus. I was born almost four hundred years ago.
I gave my soul to achieve the impossible.
I watched this city grow sick and I swore to heal it.
I might be damned, but I would save the world to spite the Devil.”

Faustus: That Damned Woman is the first work to be commissioned as part of Headlong and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s long-term commitment to commissioning and producing work of scale by women playwrights.

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    Bush’s writing is poetic and highly imaginative, complemented by truly mesmerising performances

    ★★★★★ The Upcoming

    Jodie McNee gives an incandescent performance

    ★★★★ The Telegraph

    Bursts with ideas

    ★★★★ British Theatre 

    Confirms Bush as one of British theatre’s most exciting, provocative writers

    Broadway World 

    There’s an exhilarating quality to the way Bush stretches the source material

    The Stage 

    Behind the scenes

    Rehearsal images 

    Faustus: That Damned Woman - Rehearsal Shots


    Interview with Director Caroline Byrne

    Interview with cast member Jodie McNee

    Interview with cast member Emmanuella Cole


    Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.